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Courtyard Charleston Waterfront
35 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Doubletree Suites Charleston
181 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston Place Hotel
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Days Inn Charleston Historic District
155 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Best Western King Charles Inn
237 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

The Mills House Hotel
115 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Andrew Pickney Inn
40 Pinckney Street
Charleston, SC 29401

French Quarter Inn
166 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Restoration on King
75 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Kings Courtyard Inn
198 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Renaissance Charleston Hotel
68 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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About Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, is a charming coastal city along the Atlantic coast of the United States. The naming of the city and the surrounding territory reflects its origin as royally granted charter. The land that was to become the State of South Carolina (and also North Carolina) was deeded to eight English gentlemen, known as the Lord Proprietors, and many of the city's landmarks, streets, and other place names bear their names. The city itself is named for King Charles II of England, who granted the Lords Proprietors the exclusive right to possess, govern, develop, and profit from the territory.

The city was founded in 1670 by Barbadian planters and their retinue of slaves who left the island colony in pursuit of new opportunities in a new territory. They settled initially on Albemarle Point, in what is now a suburb of the city and known as West Ashley. Within a few short years the settlement moved to Oyster Point on the peninsula formed by two rivers. This second site, on the northeast tip edge of the peninsula, is where this historic city gained its bearing and began to flourish.

The city's Historic District is defined as those areas along and south of Calhoun Street. There are numerous historic buildings and sites elsewhere, but the concentration of historic structures is highest below Calhoun Street. Further south is Broad Street and many of the most striking homes. This historically and contemporarily exclusive residential area is commonly called "South of Broad." The main north-south streets are Easy Bay (along the city's eastern edge with the Cooper River), Meeting Street and King Street (in the center), and Lockwood Drive (along the western edge and the Ashley River). The look and feel of the historic district has been preserved through the tireless efforts of preservationists. Beginning in 1920, City Mothers spearheaded the effort to preserve the character of Charleston, and advocated for the formation of the first preservation district in the United States.